Ulee's Light Cider was founded in 2016 by three guys who love cider, but hate calories. The journey started ten years ago when founder Scott Gallagher first began visiting Iceland. During his trips he discovered that many of the locals drank hard cider instead of beer. Scott liked the flavor but after sampling many of the European varieties, he acquired a particular taste for Dry-Style ciders. After returning home to Portland, OR, he found that locally available ciders tended to be overly sweet with lots of calories.
Scott and his two buddies, Don Forsythe and Matt Thompson, were drinking cider around the fire-pit—the place where great ideas are born—and started brainstorming what they would like in a cider. It had to be dry but flavorful, locally sourced and all natural, gluten-free, light in calories, and very, very drinkable. It took a while but after working with expert cidermakers and experimenting with 25 different recipes, they finally came up with two ciders that exceeded their expectations.